In the face of the dying music industry, vinyl was the only format to report a growth in 2013, in many countries all over the world. Audiophiles young and old are snapping up reissues, first pressings and everything in between, for its fuller sound and nostalgic crackles.
So why did a format that was all but dead, suddenly pop up again, and with a vengeance? In the age of the MP3, consumers are finally growing tired of the lack of connection with their favourite tunes. The LP is something to have and to hold forever, and with the resurgence breathing new life into album art, there are plenty of ways to display your favourite titles throughout your home.
First things first.
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If you’re a newbie or a seasoned collector and you’re looking for a new turntable for your home, or perhaps an upgrade, read on.
Here are a few turntables that are the cream of the crop:
- Technics 1200: discontinued in 2010 but you’ll find a few floating around on eBay. It’s revered as the turntable to own, if you’re willing to pay around 1k for it.
- Pro-Ject Debut Carbon: sleek and easy to set up and use. It comes in an array of colours to suit any decor and will cost you around $500.
- Audio Technica LP120: the design is heavily influenced by the Technics 1200, this USB turntable is worth the $300 to get your feet wet if you’re new to the vinyl game.
- If you’re looking for second hand, you can’t go wrong with a Technics. You can score a pretty decent model for about $100.
So you’ve got the table, but you’re not sure how or where to start collecting.
Image credit: Safari’s Record Shack
There are plenty of top quality shops in Perth that carry an array of rare second-hand titles, to brand new albums.
- Safari’s Record Shack: stocking a nice mix of second-hand and new Funk, R&B, Latin and Rock. Hidden in the back of a flower shop, this place is an experience unto itself!
- Replay Records: These guys have been collecting since the 80s, and it shows. Marvelous titles in Soundtracks to Rock, Pop, Folk and Heavy Metal. There are so many titles here, there are even crates on the floor.
- Simply Secondhand: One of the largest selections of second hand vinyl (and a few new ones in for good measure) in Perth, with reasonable prices ranging from $1 to $40.
- Plastic Passion: is the place to find rare second-hand titles.
- Noise Pollution Records: carries an awesome array of both second-hand and new Rock titles.
- Sgt. Peppers Vintage & Vinyl Collective: carries only second-hand titles.
- Unknown Treasures: an eclectic mix of second-hand and new Rock, Metal, Pop and even soundtracks
- The Polka Dot Vintage Market: runs a few times a year and brings together some fantastic vinyl stalls. You can buy LPs from anywhere between $3 – $40.
- The usual: markets, garage sales and swap meets. Your local Gumtree always has up-to-date listings.
If you’re like me, you might enjoy trawling discogs.com to find that ultra-rare first pressing of Abbey Road.
There are plenty of home storage options for your growing vinyl collection.
IKEA’s Expedit shelving range is perfect for storing your LPs, and comes in different combinations and colours. The shelving unit is so popular with vinyl collectors, that there are even forums and YouTube videos dedicated to showing off their vinyl collections, housed by Expedit shelves. For more security, store your LPs in the 2×2 and 2×4 shelves.
But why shelve them, when you can display them?
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Since most LP covers are art in themselves, you can easily display your favourite Bowie records throughout your home. Using Play & Display frames, you can simply swap out LPs whenever you please, making not only your sleek new turntable a feature for your home, but also your collection.
There’s still a lot I haven’t told you about the Vinyl Renaissance! I hope the below references will help you on your way.
The Beginners Guide to Turntables: The Home Listening Edition: A fantastic reference for those needing a “Turntables 101”.
How to enjoy turntables without obsessing over them: A rough guide to turntables, if you just want to skip “Turntables 101” and get to it.
And of course, check out Pinterest for some storage ideas.